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Vote Now – April 2018 Contest (Voting closes 30 April)

As usual, I didn’t read the prompt beforehand, because I’m not interested in how a writer ‘solves’ the problem of a particular prompt. If a writer uses a prompt to get them started, that’s fine, but I don’...

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Just Keep Trying

I have been here one year now. I always loved reading. I must have read several thousands books, but until a year ago I never thought about how they do it, the authors. I just gladly consumed. I thought it was coming up with a story that wa...

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Creative non-fiction

areasland said: ↑ Non-fiction is the facts presented in a way the intended demographic is going to understand. Click to expand… That is correct. I think what may be confusing you is maybe you’re thinking “creative writin...

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Need some ideas for this character…

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Samia

Two people, a married couple, were asking questions in anxious tones. They stood at the counter of a seaside cafe, talking to its owner and her waitresses. After a short time the couple left the building, still troubled. Samia Basu came bac...

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Do you plot everything or let it flow?

Hublocker said: ↑ I’m struggling into launching my next effort at a novel working from a simple theme but except for a main character and setting I don’t really have any action planned yet. In my previous manuscript which I am...

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Greetings one and all

Greetings everyone. My name is David and I live in England in an area known as the Black Country. I’m retired after a career spent mostly working with computers Not PC’s so don’t look to me for advice with problems, please...

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Character Idea

Okay, I have a character idea that I really enjoy. I already know that it’s a pretty popular stereotype to have the royal character be arrogant, condescending, and blunt, as well as being completely incapable of functioning in the wor...

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Project “Empty That Bucket!”

As some of you know, I’ve been spending time reducing the size of the General Writing subforum in the upper quarter of the home page. I’ve been going through the threads and moving them to the subforums that more closely fit the...

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Poul Anderson “On Thud and Blunder”

DeusXMachina said: ↑ Adding to this: Often I get the feeling in modern high/heroic fantasy that the authors basically write fanfiction in the sense that they’re so obviously inspired respectively socialised to the genre by fantasy g...

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